K+N, JD.com launch import quality-control system

China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, Beijing-based JD.com, is stepping-up its efforts to combat counterfeiting by testing a quality control check system, managed by Switzerland-based forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, that adds item-level visibility to JD’s import supply chain. The two companies have already implemented the ‘Transfer Center’ approach at a brand manufacturer’s warehouse in Japan, […]

China’s Express companies unfazed by outward FDI crackdown

The days of HNA Group acquiring a new airport entity every few months may be coming to an end as Chinese regulators begin enforcing stricter outbound investment rules; yet this does not seem to have China’s express companies worrying about their ability to continue expanding into international markets. As SF Express demonstrates, despite moving forward […]

What is going on with all this good news?

A quick glance through some of the recent headlines on CargoFacts.com leaves us with the feeling that there is nothing but good news. New cargo carriers starting up, one month of double-digit demand increase after another, quarterly reports trumpeting record or near-record operational and financial performance, air freight rates rising month-over month and year-over-year… And […]

Air freight rates on the rise in lead-up to peak season

Drewry’s latest East-West Airfreight Price Index indicates that market momentum for airfreight is carrying into the summer of 2017 as demand for airfreight outstrips new capacity coming onto the market, lending a boost to air freight rates, and load factors. The UK-based market intelligence firm reported rates across 21 major east-west trade lanes rose by […]

Volcano update: European airspace may reopen soon

According to a Reuters report, European Transport Ministers have reached a deal to gradually lift flight restrictions imposed because of the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano. The agreement will become effective at 06:00 GMT on 20 April (Tuesday), but it is not yet known how quickly traffic will be allowed to resume. Air France […]
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